Rich Brennan has never met Adam Hartswick.
But when the director of operations at the Skytop Mountain Golf Club heard the story of a 22-year-old who lost both his legs to an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan, he knew something needed to be done.
“It was pretty obvious that from a business standpoint somebody had to step up in the community to raise funds,” he said.
Brennan called Hartswick’s mother, Morgen Hummel, the day he heard and began working on putting together a golf fundraiser to give all proceeds to the family.
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Sunday, their weeks of work came to fruition.
About 90 people attended the round of golf, and Brennan estimates they raised between $5,000 and $10,000. An official figure was unavailable Sunday.
The vast majority of the golfers and donors did not know Hartswick personally, Brennan said but residents and business owners were eager to help the Pine Grove Mills native.
That level of support was “crazy” for Hartswick to think about when he was called on the phone and addressed the golfers.
“I don’t know what to say, but thank you,” he said, adding that his recovery has been going strongly and the doctors tell him he is healing well.
Hartswick’s grandmother was able to see the support firsthand.
Martha Hummel attended the event and said she was overwhelmed by the outpouring of support for her grandson.
She said the community far exceed any of her expectations with the way they have gotten behind Hartswick and reached out to him.
Hummel hasn’t been to see him since the explosion, but plans to make a trip to the Walter Reed Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., in the coming week. Until now she has stayed in the area to get mail and look after his cats.
Ultimately she said she would like Hartswick to be looked at as a role model and an example of strength.
“It would be nice if everybody could see from Adam’s example what it’s like to be brave in the face of adversity,” she said.
The funds were raised through a $40 fee to golf, donated items for raffles and auctions and independent monetary donations. Brennan said people would see him on the street and just give him money for the cause. Every dollar raised goes directly into an account for Hartswick and his family.